NorCal Online Solos

The Northern Branch of WUSPBA’s Online Piping & Drumming contest series.

🌷 Spring Contest 🌷

Video submissions due by 6:00 PM (Pacific Time), Saturday, April 30, 2022
Recording window April 23, 2022 – April 30, 2022

>> Competitor Video Submission Portal <<

Piping Events List
Drumming Events List

Solo Competition Classes:NB-WUSPBA-Solos-2022-Spring
Piping (Light Music) – Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 (practice chanter)
Piobaireachd – Grades 1, 2, 3, & 4
Snare Drumming – Grades 2, 3, 4, & 5 (practice pad)
Tenor Drumming – Intermediate & Novice
Bass Drumming – Intermediate & Novice

Seumas Coyne (S. California) – Piping
Colin Berta (Oregon) – Piping
Ross Naismith (S. California) – Piping
Janice Richey (N. California) – Piping
William ‘BJ’ Gunn (Utah) – Drumming

Entry Fee:
$10 per event

Entry Closing Date:
April 22, 2022
The regular entry period has ended, but a limited number of late entries may be accepted for a limited time, subject to a late fee. Check here to see if late entries are being accepted.

Sanctioned by WUSPBA
WUSPBA rules apply to all contests. Competitors are expected to know the requirements of their grade.
Except for Grade 5, all competitors must be registered solo members of WUSPBA, or another recognized piping and drumming or pipe band association.

Contest Format:

Pre-recorded Video Submission Contest:

Competitors will have approximately one week to record their competition performance, from the day after entries close to the date of the contest (April 23, 2022 – April 30, 2022). Competitors will receive special instructions via email once entries have closed and the recording window is open.

Grade 5 Event Information:

  • Grade 5 Practice Chanter is restricted to individuals competing only on the practice chanter, and is not open to any individual who plays the bagpipes in other solo or band contests. Competitors in this event shall play a March of their choice (any time signature, minimum two parts).
  • Grade 5 Practice Pad is restricted to individuals competing only on the practice pad playing rudiments and is not open to any individual who plays the snare drum in other solo or band contests.
  • Competition in Grade 5 is unsanctioned and does not require solo membership in the WUSPBA. For assistance entering a Grade 5 event without WUSPBA membership, email the address below.


Financial Aid Available – While entry fees are necessary to the operation of any contest, we do not intend that they should be a barrier to participation. If you wish to participate in this contest, but the entry fee is a hardship for you, please contact